L.A. County’s Homeless Problem Is Getting Worse

Despite a recent sales tax measure expected to garner billions of dollars in revenue for homeless services, the number of people living on L.A. County streets continues to grow.

A new report from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority says the county’s homeless population is outplacing the supply of temporary and permanent housing, even with the addition of thousands of beds.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The report showed that officials two years ago far underestimated how much new housing would be needed when they asked city and county voters to approve the tax measures.

As a result, a $73-million annual shortfall in funding for the county's comprehensive homelessness program could more than triple, a Times analysis of the report found.

Providing permanent housing for the county's chronically homeless population would require more than 20,000 new units, about 5,000 more than projected two years ago, the report said.

Read the full report here.


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